By Franklin Wilson
GENESIS winner Bakewell Slingerz continued their unbeaten run in the FINALE of the
Stag Elite League organised by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) when the defeated Georgetown Football Club 2-0 in feature match of Friday night’s double header at the GFC ground.
Also in winner’s row were Fruta Conquerors who got past the Guyana Defence Force 2-1 to chalk up their second win in three matches which also preserved their unbeaten run as they moved into the third place behind Alpha United on goal difference, the other undefeated side.
Slingerz looked red hot and seemed destined for another huge win following their 7-1 trouncing of the GDF in their previous encounter. But the home team, GFC stood firm in the second half as Slingerz muffed over a dozen chances in the final 45 minutes to walk away with a slim 2-0 win, points nonetheless that gave them back sole leadership at the top of the table.
It was clear, the difference between the two sides with Slingerz asserting themselves by putting together multiple passes at a time to dominate possession for the entire game, over 90%. Vurlon Mills handed the West Demerara based side the lead on 26 minutes on the end of a fine bit of work with Trayon Bobb who also had a solid game.
GFC’s teenaged goalkeeper Sesi Norville hands were not tough enough to withstand the power of Mills’ shot as the ball eased into the back of the nets. GFC were awarded a penalty in the 38th minute which was parried away comfortably by Slingerz’ custodian, Vincentian national player, Winslow McDowall to preserve his side’s advantage.
Trayon Bobb doubled the lead in fine style two minutes to the break with a beautiful goal in the 43rd minute. The second half saw Slingerz all over GFC as they were able to work their way in the final third almost at will.
But they were miserable in finishing, all their shots to goal either going wide of the mark or were saved by Norville.
Fruta Conquerors also scored their goals in the first half as they dominated the Army; they also held the advantage in the area of ball possession. Jahall Greaves in the 18th minute and Shaquille Agard in the 35th minute securing a comfortable lead for the Tucville based side in the opening half.
The final 45 minutes almost saw a resurgence of the GDF who suffered their second loss in as many matches. But even before the first half ended, it was strange that the GDF Technical Staff did not start with their strongest team after coming off a heavy defeat to Slingerz. Their number one goalkeeper Oswald Cornett was introduced in the 42nd minute for Carl Stephenson who looked off key and ordinary.
Cornette’s introduction surely brought back some amount of assurance at the back for the Army which turned up to play in the second half as Conquerors’ game fell away. The Tucville boys looked less effective and gave up a goal in the 68th minute when the nippy Delroy Fraser fired past Derrick Carter.
As it turned out, it was the final goal of the match; Conquerors being able to hang on for the win which saw them moving into the third place. GDF is in 5th with three points from their lone win in three matches.
The most goals have been scored against the GDF, 9 as opposed to scoring three for a goal difference of -6, the worst of any other team; surely not encouraging signs for their Head Coach and Staff.
Round 4 play will start today at the GDF ground with the GDF having an opportunity to start the turn around process with a match against Pele who will be without the services of the inspirational Gregory Richardson who was red cared in their previous match.
Today’s opening game will see Buxton United coming up against GFC at 18:00hrs.
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